I'm looking for a web safe font that looks like this:

Convenience font img

Of course I can find tons of fonts which look like this that are available, but they are not web safe. I need a common font (e.g.Arial, Times New Roman, etc.) because I intend to use the font for my website, for headings.

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    Check out Google Webfonts they have some thicker fonts (Gudea, Francois One, Istok Web, etc.) and they are made to use on websites.
    – Hanna
    Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 13:22
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    If you want something common, you need look no further than the nearest Windows PC. I don't think Windows comes with anything that condensed: Arial Narrow is probably the closest. Best thing to do is to use a webfont so you know exactly what your users see. Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 13:36
  • Why limit yourself to web safe fonts anymore? It's 2013 and web fonts are now well-supported, and these of course don't require the user to have them pre-installed. Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 5:43
  • @Andrew Leach, Arial Narrow is not installed with Windows, it is only installed with Microsoft Office.
    – pieroxy
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 14:40
  • @thomasrutter Because web fonts cause layout shifts (or delayed rendering). That looks ugly and feels jarring and annoying, and thus looks unprofessional. (Most current websites have considerable design problems, including websites of huge companies.)
    – root
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 14:31

5 Answers 5


Open Sans Condensed

Open Sans

Multiple weights, and a non-condensed version available as well.

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    That's a nice pick!
    – Brendan
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 13:07
  • what will be fallback font for this? Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 13:29

League Gothic is a great condensed "headline" font. It's a little more in the Gothic camp than Geometric (which is what your sample leans towards in my opinion), but I think you'll like it a lot.

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EDIT: @thomasrutter made a comment below about the nature of "web safe." While this is not a Core Font that is naturally sitting on the vast majority of PCs, this is a freely available and embeddable font, so as long as you get the right font files (FontSquirrel has a good resource for this), you'll get compatibility on virtually every browser that's used today (even IE, since version 4!).

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    People have different meanings when they say "web safe", but if they mean fonts that are part of Microsoft's Core Fonts for the Web and/or pre-installed on most users' computers, this is not web-safe. Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 5:42
  • @thomasrutter - Good point. I edited my answer to elaborate why I believe this to be "web safe".
    – Brendan
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 12:44

Although it doesn't look exactly the same, I'd recommend Impact as a great font that most computers will have installed already (Impact has been distributed with Microsoft Windows since Windows 98).

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But there's no reason why you wouldn't use google webfonts, as mentioned in the comments, so I'd probably go in that direction.

You might find these interesting:


I'd say 'Franklin Gothic Medium' and 'Arial Narrow' in that order. See https://www.cssfontstack.com/ for the numbers on how safe they are.

  • This is actually the most useful answer, b/c all the others are mentioning custom fonts, not preinstalled on most computers. And many thanks for the cssfontstack link - was able to find some fallbacks there
    – Alex
    Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 20:02

Roboto Condensed While this is not a "web-safe font" it can be very easily included on your page.

The snippet below shows how to include Roboto And Roboto Condensed asynchronously. (Taken from here).

<link rel="preconnect" href="https://fonts.gstatic.com" crossorigin>
<link rel="stylesheet" media="print" onload="this.onload=null;this.removeAttribute('media');" href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Roboto&family=Roboto+Condensed&display=swap">

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